Meet Svanur Sævar Lárusson! Did you know that Iceland has no military and that the country is protected by 15,000 citizens? (6% of Iceland’s population!) ICE-SAR has about 100 rescue units, located throughout Iceland. The rescue teams are specialized in search and rescue both on land and at sea. To see to diverse tasks, the rescue teams are well educated in their fields and thoroughly trained. They strive to outfit their people to the highest standard, with both personal gear and expensive rescue equipment like cars, snowmobiles and boats.

In recent years, specialisation within rescue teams has increased, making the work more purposeful: land groups, sea groups, diving groups, advance groups, high-angle rescue groups, search dog groups, etc. Also working within the association is a rescue team for international projects, co-operating with rescue teams in other countries, for example, when major earthquakes occur, as in Turkey in 1999 and Haiti in 2010 when they were the first to respond a mere 24 hours after the disaster occured. Svanur will tell you how this magnificent group of individuals operates and share stories of search and rescue efforts at home and abroad.

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